In about a month’s time, we’ll be seeing Mr Barack Obama being inaugurated as the 44th President of the USA, and Azzura will be 2 months old. You may starting scratching your head now, thinking what’s the significance. There isn’t, in the normal course of life, but bear with me.
A friend wrote, “The butterfly flutters its wings and causes a hurricane on the other side of the world“. I do believe in the repercussive nature of things. How seemingly an innocuous action may trigger off a chain of other effects and the resulting outcome being far more significant than the initial deed.
This also reminds me of the “Paying forward” movement. so now back to the inauguration. There’ll be an estimated crowd of 4 million people descending to DC to watch Obama getting sworn in. One way of paying forward would be for the 4 million people to spend just an extra $1, thereby generating an additinal $4 million to the economy.
This amount in turn, will benefit some people, be it the ice cream seller, or the newspaper man, and these people find themselves financially enriched, hence may decide to buy something else for their kids or friends. Before you know it, retail sales spikes, people’s confidence are back, and the wheel to economic recovery turns positive.
This is simplistic at its best and I’m a simple person. But if we adopt the simple ways, I suppose we’ll be less in trouble than now? Debatable but let’s leave to another time.
So the flutterings will start in DC, and the energy carries on, infecting all.
In essence, perhaps I’m simply voicing my thought and concern for the economy, and wish it to turn for the better, and that in years to come, this world will indeed be a better place for Azzura’s generation and beyond. This is said with renewed hope that Obama will be the one to make things better.
While the motion is set, assuming we’re heading in the right direction, it is everybody’s responsibilities to see that it continues on with the momentum, and to do that, sometimes will be at the expense of personal gain.
I can’t see myself teaching Azzura to think just for herself only but as a responsible citizen of the world. A broader mindset never hurts anyone and in that spirit, we are indeed paying forward.
How will the flutterings now affect the winds of change in 20 or 30 years’ time, no one can tell but with some thoughtto your neighbor, I’m positively hopeful that it will indeed be a better place than now.